What to expect at the SYP conference this weekend #SYPConf18








This Saturday is one of our favourite conferences of the year! The SYP Conference is an exciting whole-day event filled with seminars on a certain theme – this year is Rewriting the (Rule)Book: Innovation and Disruption in Publishing. The Society of Young Publishers is a voluntary committee dedicated to helping publishing professionals in the first 10 years of their career. They hold regular panels, workshops and networking events and their bi-annual full day conference is legendary in the industry. This year is an amazing theme shouting about change in the industry.  

Inspired are so excited to be sponsoring this special day of seminars, talks and networking opportunities again and we will be there exhibiting and attending the different seminar streams: Write Your Own Story, Rulebreakers and By the Book. There is an initial keynote address from Claire Conville (co-founder of literary agency Conville & Walsh) that everyone attends and then you can choose your own seminars and mix and match the different streams. The conference intends to shine a light on the movers and shakers, big and small, that are changing the face of the industry and carving new paths for publishing success. We do recommend having a look at the programme here and deciding on the seminars you want to attend in advance.

The key people from Inspired to look out for are Shalini Bhatt Junior Consultant specializing in Trade, Academic and STM; Rhiannon Griffiths Junior Consultant specialising in temporary recruitment; and Chloe Daniell Consultant specialising in Professional and Education roles at the more junior level. Our Junior Consultant Shalini Bhatt will be speaking on the panel for the Dare to Be Different – The Ever Changing Workplace panel at 1pm. With work environments constantly changing, the publishing industry is having to adapt to mounting pressure for equal pay and diversity in the workplace. Slowly but surely, these barriers are breaking down and the industry is being forced to change how it works with tools such as pay transparency, diversity schemes and minimising the gender pay gap in addition to exploring other ways by which recruitment pools can be widened.

Our advice would be to go into the day with confidence, an open mind, a note book, pen and business cards. There will be a lot to absorb but don’t worry there will be tea and biscuit breaks throughout the day for you to mingle with your fellow conference-goers. There is also an after party and this is such a good opportunity to meet some of the speakers in a less formal setting. If you cannot make the day in person please do follow @InspiredJobs, @ShaliniBhatt92, @Chloe_Inspired, @RhiannonLouisa1 and @InspiredTemps to keep in the loop and follow the hashtag #SYPConf18.